Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.

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42 Responses to “Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift”

  1. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    بجب ان يحكم العالم
    مجلس نواب من كل دولة نائب
    او نا بين وتتم راسة
    ذلك المجلس
    من الدولة التي تتمتع براساة ويكون الريس .من منتخب من دول الأكثرية وقيادتها من الاقلية
    وهكذا تسمى بحلف الدولي العلماني وشكرا ….. ١٩٨٩٠٩٩٩٩٠٠٠٠٨٧٦٤٩٠٤٣٢١

  2. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    The road to serfdom?

  3. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    May you Rest In Peace Paddy

  4. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Hegemony of western values? Did the West create violence, murder, rape, theft or envy? Every aboriginal tribe has violence. Who invented kindness, clean air, love or compassion? The Samaritans unbelievably possessed these traits. Nothing has changed. Power does not shift. It never has. What people are confusing is that control of the means of exchange is power! Communism, like capitalism, shifts who owns the wealth; it doesn't destroy wealth.

  5. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    The established order of power? Power has not shifted. It has only been repackaged for the new technology. Google and facebook have ZERO power. The large multinationals have no power. Coal has no power. The same people who had power in 1520 will have power in 2020.

  6. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    1.00 Stability of the 19th century … Errr it started with the Napoleonic wars, then independence revolutions in South America, revolution in Germany, the potato famine in Ireland, the Anglo Boer war… Oh yes, it was so stable!

  7. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    A talk about the global order at the peak of the order … meanwhile the future has been taking shape and will surprise most people.

  8. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    So Bin Laden's death affected us all?

  9. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Speaker has great vision

  10. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    It's amazing to me that although only made in 2012, this speech is already very dated. Our understanding has changed.

  11. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    And, as a result, we have to accept hoards of illegal migrants into our welfare societies.

  12. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    He had some insight…this is much more evident in 2019.

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  14. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    RIP Paddy Ashdown. Didn't like all his positions but he served his country in the Marines and in Parliament for years.

  15. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Paddy Ashdown was very bad guy. He and Wolfgang Petritsch were dictators who imposed laws at the expense of Croat population in Bosnia&Hercegovina, which are one of three constitutive people in Bosnia&Herzegowina. They changed constitution of the country without asking people. They closed croatian Herzegowina Bank and stole the money like thiefs, without any proof of irregularity! Encouraged by this politics and by changed constitution and election law, muslems continued to outvote Croatian population by electing both Bosniak/Muslem and Croatian representative. Bosniak have now two representatives, Serbs one and Croats none. This guy is with the devil now, if the devil exists!

  16. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    R.I.P. Paddy Ashdown.

  17. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Rip paddy. Never agreed on anything but horrible near Christmas time. Thoughts are with your family and friends x

  18. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    its a birth of the New World Order

  19. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Sorry, am I the only one who didn't receive the message because of the structure of this talk?

  20. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    OH? Globalization? You don't say!?

  21. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    amazing and accurate

  22. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    That was one of the absolute best TED talks I have ever seen/heard. A lot more people need to see this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    look at the date, he predicted the arab spring? What is the other paradigm shift we are facing in the industrialized world? I do not necessarily agree with his worries, but I understand how he reaches those conclusions. Some of his worries are "bad weather" that you adapt to and keep on moving.

    If you are talking Treaties as a sort of contract, he may have a concept. Governments are not very good at keeping contracts…..

  24. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    NWO gets us every time with the fear

  25. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Rubbish. Pure propaganda.

  26. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    good speech, no question. but too indifferent. could be easily used as propaganda for the next level of the corrupt superpowers enslaving the rest… could also be interpreted as story for a better future… hard to tell, but all in all to indifferent. some wars inbetween his lines, that draw a much clearer picture to what is happening and where we are going… the format is too short for this level of importance

  27. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Awesome Speech .!

  28. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Paddy's suggesting the global financial speculators and multinationals are operating outside of the rule of law. Nonsense. They  operate in commercial and contract law and WTO rules. It was the removal of the US federal Glass Steggall Act and similar "deregulation" by the UK and its allies that allowed the rampant speculative financial excesses that preceeded the GFC, which continues under the surface. Then he throws 911 into the mix, suggesting terrorism is that other lawless global factor. To the more informed it seems terrorism is a handy tool in the hands of the very same social engineers who seem hellbent on imposing authoritarian globalism and destroying the civil liberties and constitutional protections of the old western order. In in the case of  911 it was also the "new Pearl Harbor" called for by the authors of the "Project for a New American Century" i.e. the new Anglo-Euro-American world empire.

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  30. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    What Messiah? There is or never was any proof to show that any messiah existed ??

  31. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Pantsdown is the greatest TORY that ever lived.. God bless the parasite party !!

  32. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    But to know whether people truly oppose democracy or not, you need democracy.

  33. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    what an idiot shoot him

  34. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    He's talking Mcgraw-Hill history not Howard Zinn history.

  35. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Laws are rules. Rules are for the ruled. Do yourself a favor kiddies, love and respect those in your friends and family, and try to strangle every other SOB that gets in your way. This is the real golden rule. Achieve as much knowledge and wealth that you can as soon as you can and screw everyone else. Laws are made for suckers and those who can't afford their way around them.

  36. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    The events of 991 need to be addressed by new bodies of law or were the 911 events brought into being to spur the world on in the direction of creating a new body of law? What good are laws when only the weak and underprivileged obey them? I'm forty-five and every US president in my lifetime has been a war criminal. Every president in my lifetime has gone to war or conducted war without congressional authorization as called for in the constitution. What good are more rules?

  37. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Your enemies of 9-11 were from among you, yourselves. In that sense 9-11 did not show that the most powerful country could also be attacked, it showed that the most powerful nation had spawned a Frankenstein monster of a rich and powerful minority that is now out to devour humanity itself for it's own selfish interests.

  38. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    The effects of this are evident already in our daily lives. Many thanks for this informative talk.

  39. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    Some very interesting views and information!

  40. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    We the people and a fairly elected UN must happen in order for true order to happen; and freedoms we take for granted today are not destroyed via governance by treaties, Why? Due to the profit motive of corporations who wish for just enough pollution, waste, and other unsavory environmental and/or criminal actions (like 9/11 or drug trade) to fund more of the same.

  41. 13/11/2019 at 11:12 pm #

    What the hell is a jimble?

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